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Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

Dayton, Ohio - The Dayton Dragons rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to battle back from a 3-2 deficit and defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps 4-3 at Fifth Third Field.  The win gave the Dragons their second “walk-off” victory of the season.

West Michigan scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie.  But the Dragons began their comeback when Jimmy Pickens opened the bottom of the ninth with a single off the glove of second baseman Joey Pankake.  Garrett Boulware’s sacrifice moved Pickens to second.  Narciso Crook and Luis Gonzalez drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out.  Wendell Soto followed with a line drive single to center to drive in Pickens and tie the game at 3-3, but Crook was tagged out at home on the play as he tried to score from second for the second out.  Brian O’Grady walked to load the bases.  Ronald Bueno followed with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.  West Michigan first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni went hard to his right, knocked the ball down, picked it up, and flipped to pitcher Johan Belisario covering first.  The throw beat Bueno to the bag, but Belisario was past the base when he took the throw in full stride, allowing Gonzalez to score the winning run from third.

The Dragons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Boulware singled with one out to drive in Pickens from second, who scored with a great reaching slide to get around the tag.  West Michigan tied the game in the fifth and took the lead with one run in the top of the sixth.  The Dragons evened the score in the bottom of the sixth when Gavin LaValley doubled and scored from second on Boulware’s two-out single.

Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong worked the first five and one-third innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.  Jake Ehret provided an exceptional outing in relief of Armstrong, retiring all eight batters he faced with six strikeouts.  Brian Hunter (1-1) allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth but was credited with the win.

The Dragons collected eight hits.  Boulware was 2 for 3 with two RBI.  Soto was 2 for 4 with the game-tying RBI.

The Dragons (8-9) host the Whitecaps (8-9) in the last game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field as Dayton goes for a sweep of the three-game set.  Tyler Mahle (1-1, 2.87) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Fernando Perez (0-2, 5.40).

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com.  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  Prior to the game, the Dragons placed outfielder Aristides Aquino on the disabled list with a broken left wrist.  Aquino was hit by a pitch from West Michigan’s A.J. Ladwig in the first inning Friday night.  Typical healing time for this injury is four-to-six weeks.  Outfielder Jonathan Reynoso was promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.  Reynoso appeared in 52 games for the Dragons in 2014, batting .229 with no home runs and 13 runs batted in.
Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

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CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin Love to complete a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93 victory Sunday.

Love left the court in the first quarter after hurting his left shoulder, and J.R. Smith was ejected for swinging his arm at Jae Crowder, but the Cavaliers held on to win a series for the first time since 2010, before James left for Miami.

Now Cleveland gets extra time before facing the winner of the Chicago-Milwaukee series. The Bulls lead 3-1.

The Cavaliers led 99-89 with 44 seconds left, but the Celtics didn't give up. Isaiah Thomas hit a layup and Avery Bradley sank two free throws to cut the lead to six before the ball went out of bounds off Kyrie Irving. But Gigi Datome missed a 3-pointer before Irving was fouled and made two shots.

CAVALIERS-SMITH EJECTED

BOSTON (AP) -- J.R. Smith has been ejected from Cleveland's playoff game after swinging his arm back and knocking Boston's Jae Crowder to the floor early in the second half.

Crowder remained there for a few minutes before leaving for the locker room. The Celtics said he had a sprained left knee and would not return.

Smith was charged with a flagrant foul. Isaiah Thomas made the two free throws then Avery Bradley hit a basket when the Celtics put the ball in play.

That just cut the Cavaliers' 21-point halftime lead to 57-40 as they went for a sweep of the first-round series.

CAVALIERS-LOVE HURT

BOSTON (AP) -- Kevin Love has been ruled out of the Cavaliers' playoff game against the Celtics after hurting his left shoulder midway through the first quarter.

Cleveland's power forward was injured when he and Boston's Kelly Olynyk chased a loose ball into the left corner after Jae Crowder of the Celtics missed a 3-pointer. Olynyk's right arm became entangled with Love's left arm. Love then grabbed his arm and kept running toward the Cleveland bench before going to the locker room, where he was icing the shoulder and undergoing evaluation.

Olynyk was charged with a non-shooting foul.

Love averaged 18.3 points in the first three games and scored the first basket Sunday in Cleveland's attempt to sweep the first-round, Eastern Conference series.

CUBS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Rookie Addison Russell doubled with the bases loaded -- one of his best moments during his first week in the majors -- and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 5-2 victory on Sunday and a sweep of their rain-shortened series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The 21-year-old second baseman was in a slump when he broke the game open with his three-run double in the fourth inning off Anthony DeSclafani (2-1). Miguel Montero had a solo homer and a run-scoring single off DeSclafani, who had a streak of 16 scoreless innings snapped.

The Reds have dropped three in a row overall. They went 0 for 20 with runners in scoring position during the two games against Chicago.

Jake Arrieta (3-1) pitched six innings after waiting out a 4-hour, 13-minute delay before the Reds called off Saturday's game because of persistent rain. The Cubs won the series opener on Friday night, 7-3 in 11 innings.

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